unable to ‘participate
in governing’ process
Supposed budget wizard Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc. 1) Click image to enlarge.
OP-ED COLUMNIST Prof. Paul Krugman hit the nail on the head on Monday when he wrote that Republicans are losing touch with reality.
Their increasingly fantastical – or is it fanatical? – policy proposals, like the Paul Ryan budget, demonstrate an inability to grasp the consequences of their “proposals,” if they can be taken seriously at all.
“The sad truth is that the modern G.O.P. is lost in fantasy, unable to participate in actual governing,” Krugman wrote in Republicans Against Reality
Their lack of ability to govern stems from the blind adherence of at least a controlling portion of the House Republican caucus to the doctrinaire positions taken by Tea Party members.
Their unwillingness to compromise, or even see the potential devastation of their own proposals, is a sure indicator of increased detachment from reality.
EXAMPLES ABOUND. The GOP’s “plan” put forward last week for the Agriculture Bill would have slashed $40 billion from the food stamp program.
According to a Reuters dispatch Aug. 1, “House Republicans plan to seek a $40 billion cut in food stamps for the poor, the head of the House Agriculture Committee said on Thursday, double the amount previously sought by conservatives.”
Rep. Paul Ryan’s official web site. Click image to enlarge.
This would throw five million people off the rolls.
Would the GOP just want them to starve to death? It sure would appear so.
“Food stamps, the largest U.S. anti-hunger program, are the pivotal issue for the farm bill. One in seven Americans received food stamps at latest count,” Reuters said.
Previously, the House in May passed a so-called “budget plan” drawn up by Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Committee.
Ryan claimed his plan would get the federal budget into balance, and here, according to USA Today, is how he would accomplish it:
“The budget plan raises no new revenues and cuts the corporate tax rate. It also protects the Pentagon from cuts while slashing deeper into accounts that fund domestic agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Institutes of Health.”
SO THE BUDGET CAN BE “balanced” with no new taxes, and protecting vital agencies from any cuts at all. Does this sound remotely possible? Is it “sane?”
Talking about sanity, the 2013 Ryan budget is remarkably similar to his tired old 2012 plan, which never had a remote chance of passage in the first place.
Isn’t the very definition of “insanity” repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?
Krugman is right when he notes the insane-like actions of the Republicans in the House.
The web site of the House Committee on the Budget, headed by Rep. Paul Ryan. Click image to enlarge.
“The result is what we see now in the House: a party that … seems unable to participate in even the most basic processes of governing.”
Well, insane folks should not be allowed anywhere near the levers of power, let alone behind the wheel of their own cars!
Washington has gone home for the summer.
Will GOP House members learn anything from their constituents, who are fed up with gridlock and partisan bickering over nonsense?
Don’t hold your breath.
Republicans are not now, if they ever have been, concerned with the interests of the voters or taxpayers.
The will do anything to protect their rich benefactors, and nothing at all for the rest of us.
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